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THE BUZZ: Food options get healthier at local high schools
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"Buzzmakers" from six local high schools share what's happening around their campus in this new print and video series. Pictured, back row from left: South Forsyth's Erin Loggins, North Forsyth's Alli Prater, West Forsyth's Dori Butler and Lambert's Kevin Lee. Pictured, front row from left: Pinecrest Academy's Caitlin Randazza, Forsyth Central's Erica Fried and Pinecrest Academy's Dani Quintana. - photo by Micah Green

Our new weekly print and video series - presented by Lanier Technicial College – where local high school students share “The Buzz” about what’s going on at their school – and compete for the most “buzzworthy” moment of the week.

Tell us who should win by sharing your thoughts with us on Twitter (@forsythnews). See the results in Friday’s paper and on

Erica Fried, Forsyth Central

Central’s engine-building team competed to take apart an engine in a certain amount of time using only hand tools. We are state champs with the fastest time in the country this year and will advance to nationals in December. When you qualify for nationals, the previous year’s seniors are allowed to come back to defend their title once more, so we’ll be seeing more from recent graduates Daniel Ryan and Jordan Schaller. Central is also now the only Automotive Service Excellence master-certified program in the nation as a high school. Way to go Dawgs!

Kevin Lee, Lambert

The Lambert Branding Company, Lambert's school store, is the place to go when you're craving a Coke with actual sugar in it or a candy bar pick-up during lunch period. However, the parts of the school store that make it so appealing will be leaving the school forever. The LBCo has moved towards the Smart Snack plan that all schools have been forced to do. Many students are upset that they can no longer buy real soda, peace tea, candy, popcorn, cookies and many other snacks because they are being replaced with this Smart Snack plan. The Smart Snack plan brings in healthier options with strict regulations on sugar, salt and fat content. The marketing classes have a big project on their hands to counter this loss in profits by researching healthy snacks that all students can enjoy and hopefully don't taste like cardboard.

Alli Prater, North Forsyth

There were very few opportunities to celebrate on Friday night in Raider Valley, as our football team lost 49-0 to Northview. However, we rowdy Raiders always find a way to have fun. Halftime has always been a time where the student section sits down and takes a break from the chaos of cheering on their team. Bands from each school parade the field and perform their routines. It is often the quietest time of the night for a run-of-the-mill student section. We, however, are like no other. Being down 28-0 at halftime alone, we should have looks of despair all over our faces. Our band comes out on the field and after their performance, the drum-line comes directly in front of the student section and starts playing a catchy beat. Everyone stands up and begins to dance. The drum-line continues and everyone dances and cheers for the remainder of their performance. The band is something that often goes unnoticed at some schools, but at North Forsyth, we value and appreciate the things our marching band does in order to lift our schools’ spirit.

Caitlin Randazza and Dani Quintana, Pinecrest Academy

Pinecrest Academy's varsity volleyball team had a busy week! On Tuesday, Sept. 9, the team played Atlanta International School at home and lost. On Thursday, it played Cedar Shoals and Eastside, defeating them both.
This week, they played AIS and Kings Ridge at home on Tuesday. This was also senior night for our senior volleyball players. On Thursday, they will face Fellowship Christian and Mount Vernon. Come out and support our Paladins!

Erin Loggins, South Forsyth

This week at South we had something quite humorous happen on campus. A parent who was clearly not paying attention drove through a gate causing the gate to completely destroy the windshield and broke the gate off the hinges. Although we are grateful no one was hurt, pictures of this accident stormed through social media. My whole Twitter timeline was filled, which helped me label this event as buzzworthy. With humorous captions, pictures of the car flooded social media and made it on to some prestigious Twitter accounts that are known for funny tweets. With that, I would like to remind everyone to pay attention to the road, and Go South!

Dori Butler, West Forsyth

Since the new Health Guidelines were put in effect for high schools, the West Forsyth DECA has had to abandon its three-year tradition of selling cookies at the student store, the West Express, in exchange for something that met the new guidelines. Despite the early opposition to the new reduced-fat cookies, the cookie craze is still going strong and sales have actually been positively affected by the addition of fruit smoothies. DECA member and senior Hannah Crowe said that the new cookie craze is “a madness, but a good kind of madness.”